Sherlock Holmes has been a beloved character in literature for well over a hundred years. There have been many adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels over the decades; TV series, movies, adaptation novels… and video games!
The most recent game that stars the clever detective is ‘Crimes and Punishments: Sherlock Holmes.’ This potentially ingenious little game was developed by Frogwares, Focus Home Interactive, and Maximum Games. This same trio of developers has also worked on other Sherlock Holmes games as part of a series: ‘The Testament of Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper,’ and many more. Not including ‘Crime and Punishment,’ they’ve produced six other Sherlock Holmes games.
‘Crimes and Punishments’ is by far the most revolutionary of the series and hopefully the most improved. The game was actually featured during E3 2014 in July. The gameplay shows the general process of solving crimes. Holmes has unique intellectual abilities to see beyond what the average person can deduce. During investigations, the player can access this type of ‘6th sense’ to see hidden clues that the naked eye can easily miss. When Holmes has enough clues, he can eventually make a deduction on what his next course of action should be. From there, the player will progress further into the game, taking a second look at Holmes’ notes and the evidence until Holmes can properly interrogate the suspect.
Based on the twenty minute game play at E3, it should be noted that an immense amount of patience is required in order to beat the game. The player can visit the scene of the crime(s) as many times as they like in order to review and retrieve more evidence. The player must keep the evidence in mind at all times and pick up when the suspect is lying. Failure to do so could make it impossible for Holmes to make an accurate conclusion.
Additional steps may be required before Holmes can come to a full conclusion, but just by the gameplay alone, this game seems to be thorough in engulfing the player in the mystery. For each case, multiple suspects can be convicted, meaning it is entirely possible to charge the wrong person, which could lead to serious consequences later on.
Exciting, is it not?
Step into the shoes of the world’s greatest detective, if you think you have the cunningness and wit! ‘Crimes and Punishments: Sherlock Holmes’ comes out at the very end of this month, September 30th for Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, and PC.